Christchurch Earthquake

Today marks the first anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake and TV One, TV3 and Maori Television will all mark the day with special programming.


TV One

In memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch Quake on 22nd February 2011, TVNZ will bring you extensive coverage of commemorative events occurring throughout the day.

ONE News’ Simon Dallow and Close Up’s Mark Sainsbury will bring viewers their broadcasts LIVE from Christchurch on the eve of the anniversary, on Tuesday 21st February.

On the morning of the 22nd February, Breakfast will start the day’s events from 6am and will cross LIVE at 8am from the special service being held at Latimer Square for the families of the ones lost in the Christchurch earthquake.

Following that, ONE News will continue to bring up-to-the-minute coverage from Christchurch throughout Good Morning starting at 9am until midday.

At 12pm, Simon Dallow will host the broadcast of the Civic Memorial Service held at North Hagley Park in a commercial-free programme running for 90 minutes. This will also feature the official two minute silence starting at 12.51pm to mark the actual time of last year’s tragedy.

Te Karere will continue TVNZ’s coverage of the day with a special memorial edition at 4pm, followed by ONE News at 4.30.

ONE News at 6pm will recap the day’s events with Wendy Petrie, and Simon Dallow LIVE in Christchurch

Mark Sainsbury and the team from Close Up will also be based in Christchurch.

Finally Tonight will complete the day’s special coverage with a round up of the highlights from the commemorative events.



TV3 is marking the anniversary of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake with special programming that will allow New Zealanders throughout the country to share in the day of remembrance.

On Wednesday 22 February, TV3 will broadcast Christchurch memorial services at 8am and midday, with Rachel Smalley, Mike McRoberts and John Campbell presenting coverage LIVE from Christchurch, on 3 News, 3 News Firstline and Campbell Live.

At 7.30pm on Wednesday night, TV3 will screen acclaimed feature documentary When A City Falls.  Filmmaker Gerard Smyth has produced what many consider the definitive story of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and their aftermath.  When A City Falls was released in cinemas late last year and was number one at the Christchurch box office for five weeks.  This is its television premiere.

Leading up to Wednesday 22 February, TV3 will have extensive news and current affairs coverage of the Christchurch anniversary, both remembering the events of February 2011 and looking at the future of Christchurch. John Campbell will host Campbell Live from Lyttleton tonight (Monday 20 February) and Sydenham on Tuesday night.

Online, will have extensive coverage of the week’s events, including LIVE streaming of key television coverage and interactive timelines at a dedicated mini-site (Please note: the mini-site will go LIVE at noon Tuesday 21 February).  Message boards will invite the public to share their memories and take stock of life a year after the quake.

Additional online video available at the site includes last night’s 60 Minutes piece ‘Aftershock’, a moving record of the quake as it happened, edited from the footage of five separate camera crews and the recordings of the 111 emergency calls, and Behind the Seen, a short film behind-the-scenes with the TV3 news crews as they scramble to cover the February events.


6am – 9am:  FIRSTLINE

Firstline will be broadcast from Christchurch with Rachel Smalley and Hamish Clark LIVE in Latimer Square, and will include Latimer Square memorial service scheduled to commence at 8am. 



John Campbell and Mike McRoberts will present a special broadcast of the Civic Memorial service LIVE from Hagley Park, in Christchurch

At 12.51pm, two minutes silence will be observed as a mark of respect to those lost in the 2011 earthquake.  The silence will also be observed across TV3’s websites and social media pages.


6pm-7pm:  3 NEWS

Mike McRoberts will be in Cathedral Square to co-present a special 3 News bulletin.  Hilary Barry will co-anchor from the Auckland studio.


7pm-7.30pm: CAMPBELL LIVE

John Campbell will present a special edition of Campbell Live from the top of the Millennium Hotel, looking over Cathedral Square and surrounds.


7.30pm-9.30pm:  WHEN A CITY FALLS

Filmmaker Gerard Smyth has produced what many consider the definitive, on-the-ground story of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and their aftermath.  To mark the anniversary of the February quake, this special screening is the television premiere of When A City Falls, a moving testament to the people of Christchurch.


Maori Television

Maori Television will not be broadcasting the Christchurch Memorial Service on February 22.

Instead, the channel will screen highlights from last year’s Rise Up Christchurch telethon from 1.30pm.

Maori Television had offered its services to Canterbury Television to screen the service live so all New Zealanders could commemorate the anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquake.

However, Maori Television chief executive Jim Mather said once it became clear there would be a national broadcast there was no sense in having a second national channel screen the event.

“We are satisfied that all people in New Zealand will get to see the Memorial Service live to mark the anniversary of this significant event,” he said.

I think (unfortunately) in today’s ‘Ratings’ driven News environment it’s uncommon to get anymore than a 30 Second preview into the workings of our country’s TV Newsrooms. They’re usually plush with shots of presenters inside the studio, and reporters crossing live with either a ridiculous catch-phrase or Toyota Ad theme song. With that in mind I was pretty happy to see ‘Behind the Seen’ a short film put together by TV3 Video Editor Toby Longbottom about the February 22nd Quake.